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Keep Assiniboine Park public,” Paul Moist warned City of Winnipeg politicians yesterday in his remarks to the 2007 CUPE Manitoba convention taking place in Winnipeg.

Moist reiterated that CUPE Manitoba members will not be alone in resisting attempts by local politicians to hand over public legacies to the private, for profit sector.

The national president reported enthusiastically that Manitoba’s NDP government is also resisting incredible pressure to privatize different services in the province. “The Doer government has said no to the privatizers,” said Moist. “The recent budget announced increases in support for child care,” said Moist, “all of those funds are for publicly delivered child care,” he emphasized.

Moist also presented the 2007 edition of CUPE Celebrates to delegates. He highlighted the great pride members can have in the work they perform in communities right across Canada. “One in sixty-four workers in Canada are CUPE members and that is something we can be proud of.” said Moist.

The Manitoba convention continues until Saturday, April 14.